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Linthwaite attack: Two charged with murder

Robert Wilson Credit: Wilson family

Two teenagers have appeared in court charged with the murder of a 53-year-old man in Linthwaite, near Huddersfield.

Robert Wilson from Birstall died after being attacked near to the Thornton and Ross works on Manchester Road on January 16, 2020.

Another man aged 39-year-old, also suffered serious injuries and was treated in hospital.

18-year-old Kiyran Earnshaw from Batley and a 15-year-old boy from Huddersfield, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were remanded in custody at Leeds Magistrates Court.

Both were also charged with possession of a bladed article and Earnshaw with the assault of a 39-year-old man in the same incident.

Mr Wilson’s family released a statement paying tribute to a loving and committed husband and father.

Robert was a loving and committed husband and father. As well as being loved and respected by work colleagues and friends. He leaves behind a devastated wife, Elaine, and two step children, Jack and Ella. The family would like to request privacy and respect during this difficult time"

– Robert Wilson's family statement
Scene of attack, Linthwaite Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A wide range of police enquiries remain ongoing into this extremely serious offence. We will maintain increased police patrols in the Linthwaite area to reassure residents as our enquiries continue. We continue to appeal for witnesses and CCTV and I again want to thank everyone who has come forwards with information to assist the investigation so far.”

– Assistant Chief Constable Mark Ridley of West Yorkshire Police